free of the this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with juan gonzalez. >> welcome to all our listeners and viewers from around the country and around the world. we begin today's show looking at the gulf nation of bahrain, a close u.s. ally and home of the navy's fifth fleet. tensions remain high after a teenager was killed last week on the second anniversary of pro- democracy protests. since february 2011, at least 87 people have died at the hands of u.s.-backed security forces. while talks are taking place this week between the bahraini government and opposition groups, several of the nation's leading human rights defenders remain in prison. >> attorney abdulhadi al- khawaja, co-founder of the bahrain center for human rights, is serving a life sentence. nabeel rajat, another prominent human rights defender, is serving a three-year sentence. sharif abdel kouddous has just returned from bahrain. his latest article is, "scenes from a bahraini burial."